The market is flooded with gaming peripherals, especially keyboards. There are a lot of options to choose from, but if you’ve narrowed your choices to the Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 & the Corsair K95, you’re pretty close to finding the ideal keyboard for you.
Let’s take a look at them.
Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2
The BlackWidow Chroma V2 is a full-size RGB backlit keyboard, but while it’s quite large, the spacing between keys is slightly less generous than some rivals. Nevertheless, the BlackWidow is very well built, with a solid plastic shell that feels indestructible; there aren’t any traces of flex in the body.
The matte-black finish is pretty minimalist, with a subtle illuminated logo on the front of the keyboard. This will be covered if you opt to use the included leather-like wrist-rest, which attaches magnetically to the front of the keyboard and the rest feels great in use. The wrist rest is comfortable, reasonably sized and magnetic, so it’s easy to attach and detach, depending on your desk size and preferences.
All criticism aside about how this is arguably the only real innovation on the keyboard, the wrist rest is a fantastic addition. The BlackWidow can be fitted with Green, Orange or Yellow switches, with the characteristics varying by color. Pure typists may prefer the ëclickyí nature of the Green switch, while hardcore gamers may want to opt for the linear Yellow switch. The Orange and Yellow switches are also branded as silent since they make significantly less noise than clicky switches. The RGB lighting under each key is bright and vibrant, with a number of effects to choose from. It looks pretty cool, and if youíve never used an RGB keyboard before then youíll be pleased.
Like almost every other Razer peripheral, the BlackWidow Chroma V2 runs on the Razer Synapse 2.0 software. By now, you know the drill: Itís clean, intuitive, easy to use and helps all of your Razer products run in sync. You can set up profiles for individual games, control the lighting or reprogram the macro keys. Everything works as itís supposed to.
A dedicated gaming mode also disables the Windows key ñ a great feature for anyone thatís lost a match merely by jumping out of a game with a stray Windows key press. Itís worth noting that all functions work just as well with Appleís macOS machines, too. Razerís BlackWidow keyboards have always been reliable and durable when it comes to in-game performance, and the V2 performs just as well as the systems that came before it.
You’ve got five dedicated macro keys. You want to create custom profiles tied to particular programs and save them on the cloud so you can download them to whatever computer you are playing on? No worries. Razer’s Synapse software is some of the friendliest in the gaming keyboard market.
I highly recommend this keyboard, as it lets you dive into the world of gaming, giving you a maximum pleasure on your fingertips and therefore it looks fancy. This means more gaming and less typing!
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
Corsair is one of the biggest competitors of Razer in the gaming peripherals category. That’s why people usually get left between their products and have a hard time choosing between them.
The K95 is a very luxurious keyboard that is amazing both inside and outside. It’s sleek and elegant design will fit into any desks design easily.
If you’ve seen its predecessor, this keyboard will look pretty familiar to you, because it’s shape, design and most of its features are similar to it.
Compared to its predecessor, this keyboard is much narrower, because they removed the extra 8 macro keys from it, and I think that they did a really good job with that. This keyboard has 6 programmable macro keys which can hold up to 8MB of data on its built-in memory.
The lighting on it has been upgraded with a new 19-zone light bar which is located at the top of the keyboard, and it goes from one corner to the other.
This beast features the Cherry MX Speed switches, which means that the keys will be very responsive and they will be very easy to press. This means that this is a multi-capability keyboard, which can be used for writing, gaming or just chatting.
The software is okay. I think that it is too complicated and hard to navigate but once you get the hang of it you will not have any problems with it. They ‘complicated’ the software with the intention to provide more customization options, so that’s why this software might be hard to use for some people.
What i don’t like about this keyboard is its high price tag, but you definitely get what you pay for because in my opinion it is worth the money.
Overall, I think that this keyboard is great for any kind of gaming. If you’re a CS:GO fan, then you will instantly notice the difference if you are jumping to this one from a normal keyboard. Strafing will be very different, and you will notice the preciousness of your shots.
I want to keep this as short as possible, because no one has time to read a ton of text, right? So, which one should you choose?
If I was someone that writes, plays games and chats with their friends and someone that doesn’t use the computer just for gaming, I would definitely go with the Corsair K95, because it has a lot of features that would help me in multitasking. One of them is the software it comes with & the macro keys on the left side of the keyboard.
Razer on the other hand, has the same features but according to my experience, Razer products don’t last that long. I’ve personally owned a Razer Naga Epic Chroma for a year, and i loved it (while it was working). One day the sensor randomly stopped so i had to swap it for a different mouse. I’ve heard from people that this is the same case with keyboards.
These keyboards are not cheap, and if you buy one of them you’d expect them to last you for at least two to three years. If that is the case, then i would definitely go with the Corsair K95.